A great game that will always bring back fond memories for me and many other gamers or early 90's NBA fans. Like the original NBA JAM, NBA JAM Tournament Edition is a two-on-two arcade basketball game, where the rules do not apply. A player can foul to his or her heart's content and jump 50 feet in the air for the greatest slam dunk of all-time.
Almost every game of NBA JAM that you play however does go down to the wire.
It makes playing against friends a lot of fun because there is almost always a chance for a last second buzzer beater. Although, this can sometimes be annoying when playing the computer because it always feels like no matter how well you play, every game will be a close one.
Tournament Edition also expanded on the rosters of the original JAM game and now every team starts off with at least 3 players to choose from and more are eventually unlocked after a player has beaten the game.
To track your stats you just have to type in your name prior to playing a game and this makes the single player experience a lot more rewarding because it gives you the goal of defeating every NBA
team to become the ultimate NBA JAM Tournament Edition champion!
Each game is run on 3 minute quarters and the player is given three buttons to work with: Turbo, Shoot/block and pass/steal. A combination of the turbo button with the steal button on defense performs a shove and a combination of the turbo button and shoot button while approaching the hoop will perform a dunk (permitting that your player has a decent dunk rating). Each player in the game has different attributes and they are visible at the ‘select a team’ screen. This is helpful in finding the team that best suits your playing style.
Players should be warned that Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'neal are nowhere to be found in this game. Licensing issues came into play and unfortunately for us they had to be left out.
Overall though NBA JAM Tournament Edition is probably the best of all the jam games in my opinion, even better than the ones released after it. The graphics are decent for its time and I couldn't really imagine this game without them. It's an even better party game than single player, so get some friends and JAM!